19500-Alexandr Kolyadin photo

Alexandr Kolyadin

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Sons Dmitry and Alexander
Kustanai, KAZ

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1985 in Sarykol, Kazakhstan, and began competing internationally in Para skiing in 2013.
Why this sport?
He initially took part in wrestling but was invited to switch to cross-country skiing by coach Ivan Shishkin. After his injury he was encouraged to return to the sport by his former [able-bodied] cross-country skiing coach Sergey Revutsky.
Club / Team
Kustanai Region Sports Direction: Kazakhstan
Name of coach
Vasily Kolomiyets [national, personal], KAZ

International debut

Competing for
World Cup
Sochi, RUS

General interest

Sasha (, 05 Jun 2014)
Snow sculptures, motorcycles. (, 25 Apr 2018; Athlete, 22 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the sprint classic style at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 14 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani cross-country skier Vladimir Smirnov, Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug. (Athlete, 22 Dec 2017;, 25 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Instead of fearing difficulties, I seek them." (, 31 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Male Athlete of the Year at the annual People's Favourite Awards in Kazakhstan. (, 25 Jan 2019)
Other sports
Prior to his accident he was a member of the Kazakhstan national junior cross-country skiing team. (, 06 Mar 2014)
He became the first Kazakhstani athlete from any sport to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games by claiming victory in the sprint classic style cross-country skiing race at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Dec 2018;, 21 Mar 2018)
To win gold at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada, and to triumph in the 20km race at the Paralympic Winter Games. (, 25 Apr 2018)
He lost his right leg in a car accident in 1997. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018;, 28 Apr 2014)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 13
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Qualification 2014-03-12 33
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 10
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 20
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 6
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 13
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 24
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20km Free Standing Final 2018-03-12 18
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 1
Men's 10km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 15
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 6
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 7
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2019-02-24 9999